After a much-needed off day on Tuesday, the Aces aim to get back to their winning ways against the Baltimore Dodgers. Returning home on Monday following a six-game road trip in which they went 1-4, the Aces were not able to capitalize on their home field advantage and fell 12-3 to the Riverdogs. The Aces were 6-2 to start the season, but have dropped their last five games.
Monday’s game featured the first Aces home run of 2016, a shot to left field from Alex Stephens (Morehead State). Cody Miller’s (Wofford) RBI double in the fifth and Zach Cowart’s (Georgia Southern) ground out in the sixth brought home the other two runs.
Starter Evan Flanagan (U. of Rhode Island) lasted just 1.1 innings after giving up seven runs on four hits and three walks. Matt Ponsiglione (Seton Hall) allowed an additional two runs on four hits in 1.2 innings, and Connor Gordon (Davidson College) allowed the last three Riverdogs runs on one hit and two walks in 1.0 inning. Tyler Morder (Seton Hill), Jack Hennessy (Catholic) and Nick Pedalino (UPenn) combined for five innings of scoreless relief.
Liam McArthur (Seton Hall) has been a bright spot in the lineup during the skid, recording at least one hit in four of his last five games to raise his batting average from .211 to .273 since June 13. Another standout is Drew Morrison (UNC – Charlotte), who contributed three perfect innings of relief over the last week and has allowed only one run on five hits with nine strikeouts in seven innings this season, sporting the team’s second lowest ERA at 1.29.
The Aces will call upon Alexandria native Billy Lescher (1-0, 0.96 ERA) to help right the ship tonight. Lescher has been outstanding in 9.0 innings pitched so far, leading the team in ERA. In his last start, a June 15 showing against the Big Train, Lescher gave up five hits and four walks in 3.1 innings, but came away with no runs allowed. The Dodgers will counter with Jordan Menfee (0-0, 0.00 ERA), who pitched five scoreless innings against the Thunderbolts on June 9.
Author: Carolina Velloso
The Aces fell on the return to home after six consecutive road games by a score of 12-3 to the Vienna Riverdogs, largely in part due to an eight-run second inning. The loss is the fifth straight and sixth out of the last seven, dropping the Aces to 6-7 on the season.
Alex Stephens (Morehead State University) clubbed a solo homerun to left field in the bottom of the first inning. The first homerun of the season of the Aces knotted the score at 1-1 after Jordan Sergent had a solo shot of his own for Vienna in the top of the frame.
In the second is where the wheels fell off for the Aces. Evan Flanagan (University of Rhode Island) gave up three walks in a row to start the inning. The Riverdogs put an eight spot on the board in the top of the second on five hits to blow open the game, 9-1.
Cade Sorrells (Lipscomb University) earned a one-out single in the fifth and was later brought home a Cody Miller’s (Wofford College) RBI-double. The Aces trimmed the lead to seven, 9-2.
Just an inning later, Alexandria tacked on another run. Liam McArthur (Seton Hall University) led off the sixth with a single. He was able to score on a ground out from pinch-hitter, Zach Cowart (Georgia Southern University). 9-3 was as close as it would get for the Aces.
Wesley Phillips added more insurance for the Riverdogs on a bases clearing double in the eighth to make it 12-3, the eventual final score.
The Aces had just six hits on the night, with McArthur being the only Ace to record a multi-hit game, going 2-3 with a pair of singles and a walk.
Out of relief, Tyler Morder (Seton Hill University) threw three shutout innings for the Aces, including two separate three-up, three-down innings.
After a day off on Tuesday, Alexandria will be back in action Wednesday as they travel to the Baltimore Dodgers. The Aces are 0-1 on the year against the Dodgers. Action can be heard on Aces Radio or followed on Twitter (@Alexandria_Aces).
Author: Noah Reed
The Aces look to snap a four-game losing streak at home tonight against the Vienna Riverdogs. After a promising start to the road trip with a win against division rivals Big Train, the Aces dropped their next four games to the Grays, Giants, Redbirds and Braves. Yesterday, the Aces lost Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Braves by a score of 8-6. The second game was suspended in the sixth inning due to a power outage with the Aces up 6-3.
In the first game, Liam McArthur (Seton Hall) went 2-4 including an RBI single in the seventh. AJ Spencer (Middle Tennessee St.) recorded his team-leading 13th hit, a double in the third inning. Spencer is batting .406 on the season, good for third in the league. Alex Stephens (Morehead St.) had a fantastic game, collecting three hits and one RBI. Starter Micah Kaczor (Western Kentucky U.) was roughed up by Braves hitters, allowing eight runs on ten hits in 4.0 innings, though he struck out six. Drew Morrison (UNC-Charlotte) pitched two innings of scoreless relief.
In the second game, Chesdin Harrington (U. of Virginia) was working on a three-run, five-hit performance through five innings. Drew Huff (Middle Tennessee St.) had a huge night at the plate, going 4-4 with 2 RBIs. Drew Bene (Stony Brook) drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth, putting the Aces on top until the game was suspended in the sixth inning because a power outage rendered the outfield lights unworkable.
Tonight, Evan Flanagan (U. of Rhode Island – 0-1. 9.00 ERA) hopes to lead the Aces to victory. In a June 13 start against the Dodgers, Flanagan allowed three runs on seven hits in 3.0 innings. Pitching for the Riverdogs is John Cerretani (Sacred Heart U), who is 0-1 with a 10.38 ERA in 4.1 innings pitched this season.
The gates at Frank Mann Field open at 6 pm, and the first pitch is at 7. Tonight is our only home game until Friday, so we hope to see you there! If you can’t make it, you can follow the game live on Twitter (@Alexandria_Aces) or tune into Aces Radio.
Author: Carolina Velloso
The Alexandria Aces traveled to the Herndon Braves for a Father’s Day doubleheader today. The Aces dropped the first of two games by a score of 8-6 before the second game was suspended due to a power outage.
Micah Kaczor (Western Kentucky University) earned the start for game one. He was basically untouchable through the first inning, allowing just one hit and striking out two, but was hit around in the next three innings.
The Aces got on the board first when Cade Sorrells (Lipscomb University) singled to lead of the second. He then scored when Alex Stephens (Morehead State University) reached on a throwing error. Kevin Heiss (University of Rhode Island) scored Niko Hulsizer (Morehead State University) with his first RBI of the season.
The two teams continued to trade runs back and forth. The Aces scored another in the third followed by two more in the fourth on a 2-RBI single from Huff. Herndon’s runs came with one in the second, three in the third, and four more in the fourth, highlighted by a 2-run homerun from Andy Mocahbee’s. It was Mocahbee’s third of the season.
Stephens scored another run in the seventh on a RBI-single from Liam McArthur (Seton Hall University), but it was too little, too late as the Aces fell 8-6.
Drew Morrison (UNC-Charlotte) was fantastic in relief. The southpaw hurler threw two perfect innings. He struck out the side in his first inning of work, following it up with another three-up, three-down inning, including a strike out.
Game two was suspended in the bottom of the sixth due to a power outage that caused the outfield lights not to work. When suspended, the Aces held a three-run advantage, 6-3.
Again, Alexandria got started early. McArthur and Mike Annone (Wilmington University) led of the game with a single and double, respectively. Both were later able to score.
Chesdin Harrington (University of Virginia) saw just one blemish on his night. Other than a third inning where he gave up three runs on three hits, Harrington gave up just two other hits and no runs in 5 innings.
Drew Bene (Stony Brook University) delivered a huge RBI in the fifth inning to plate Huff, who went 4-for-4 in game two. That was the go ahead run to make it 4-3. An inning later, Huff added a couple insurance runs with a 2-RBI single to score Christian Adorno (Wilmington University) and McArthur.
Author: Noah Reed
The Aces look to wrap up their six-game road trip on a high note as they take on the Herndon Braves in a doubleheader. After a win against the Big Train on Wednesday, the Aces have dropped their last three games against the Grays, Giants and Redbirds. After today’s doubleheader, the Aces return home for a game against the Riverdogs on Monday.
The Aces offense was once again quieted by the opposing team, as they’ve had four hits or less in each of their last three losses. Drew Huff (Middle Tennessee St.) had a 2-4 night, including an RBI triple in the seventh. AJ Spencer (Middle Tennessee St.), the team’s batting average leader at .429, contributed a hit, as did Chris Balogh (Boston College), in his first Aces hit.
Aces pitching has allowed five or more runs in each game of the three-game skid. Yesterday, starter Evan Acosta (Western Kentucky U.) wasn’t as sharp as he was in his last start, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks in 4.0 innings. Nick Pedalino (UPenn) gave up an additional four runs on five hits in one inning of work. Patrick Finklestein (College of Charleston), Zach Cowart (Georgia Southern U.), and Jack Hennessy (Catholic) each contributed a scoreless inning of relief.
In the first game, the Aces will send Micah Kaczor (Western Kentucky U. – 1-0, 1.50 ERA) to the mound. In his June 11 start against the Riverdogs, Kaczor pitched five excellent innings of four-hit, one-run ball. He also recorded a save against the Big Train on June 15 by pitching a scoreless ninth inning. The Braves will counter with Colin Morse, who is 0-1 with a 1.28 ERA in seven innings pitched this season.
In the second game, Chesdin Harrington (U. of Virginia – 1-0, 3.60 ERA) will be on the hill for the Aces. In a winning start against the Redbirds on June 12, Harrington allowed two runs on three hits in five innings. Opposing him will be Aaron Eppard, who is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 3.2 innings pitched.
Both games of the doubleheader will be seven innings long, with the first starting at 4:30 and the second starting at 7:00. If you can’t make it to Herndon, you can follow the game live on Twitter (@Alexandria_Aces) or tune into Aces Radio.
Author: Carolina Velloso